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Kevin Hart Deeply Involved in Police Extortion Investigation Talking to Law Enforcement

9/18/2017 3:06 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Kevin Hart is aggressively helping authorities nab the people who tried extorting him over that sexually charged video ... and TMZ has learned he's speaking with them today to tell them everything he knows.

Sources connected with Hart tell us Kevin is talking to law enforcement by phone today on a call that is expected to last around an hour and a half. Our sources say he's livid at the culprits and wants them caught so bad he's willing to stop everything else he's doing to help.

We're told this will be the second extended conversation he's had with law enforcement.

As for who the culprits are ... no one knows for sure, although everyone involved has their suspicions. We're told the woman in the photo with Kevin that appears at the beginning of the video has told Kevin's people she knew nothing about the video, suggesting she's a victim, too.

But the woman immediately lawyered up. As we first reported, the lawyer contacted Kevin's people and said his client would take a lie detector test, but only if she was paid 6 figures. We're now told that amount is $420k.  

It appears there's more than one person involved in the extortion plot, and as one person familiar with the investigation tells us, "Sometimes they seem incredibly sophisticated, and other times they just seem downright dumb."

Kevin Hart Extortionist's Rage Captured in Audio with His Own Words

9/18/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The woman who tried extorting Kevin Hart with a 4 minute and 47 second video sweetened the images with Kevin Hart's own words about cheating and fidelity.

TMZ broke the story ... the extortionist created a highly-produced video which begins with a photo (above), then a scene with a bed where it appears 2 people are having sex (although you can't see who they are), followed by a naked man putting his clothes on in the same room, who definitely looks like Hart.

The extortionist rages in the video about Kevin proclaiming he's now a one woman man and how she says it's all just a big, fat lie.

She pulled audio from several interviews Kevin has done recently, where he admits cheating on his first wife but passes it off to youth. He then rhapsodizes about his current wife and says cheating is too risky a proposition.

As we first reported, the FBI is on the hunt for the extortionist and they have a suspect. It's unclear if the suspect is the woman pictured with Kevin or someone else who may have captured the bedroom scene with an iPhone. The extortionist's latest demand is in the millions, but we're told at one point it was 8 figures.

Kevin Hart Extortion Vid Person of Interest Will Take Lie Detector Test ... For a Price

9/17/2017 3:38 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

One of the people who could be the extortionist behind the Kevin Hart sexually explicit video contacted his lawyer and offered to take a lie detector test ... but the comedian would have to write a huge check to make that happen.

Sources familiar with the case tell TMZ ... the bizarre call was made recently by a person who apparently has some connection to the encounter between Kevin and the woman pictured above.

The person who called Hart's lawyer did not say what they would answer while hooked up to the polygraph, but said they would only sit for a 6-figure amount -- we're told somewhere around $500,000.

The crazy thing is this ... if the person is the extortionist, they're essentially saying they would go to prison for $500k. If they're not the extortionist, then they're a scam artist. 

Our sources say Kevin's attorney did not bite. 

As we reported, the FBI is on the case and is honing in on a suspect

Kevin Hart Video is Graphic Extortionist Admits Money Grab

9/17/2017 10:36 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

This is the woman at the center of the Kevin Hart video that triggered a multi-million dollar extortion demand, and the extortionist freely admits money is the end game.

The 4 minute and 47 second video is highly produced, with audio from Kevin on various radio shows as the video rolls.  The video cuts to a bedroom scene where it appears 2 people are having sex on a bed.  You can't see the people in the bed, but afterward you see a naked man walking in the room and it definitely looks like Kevin.

Now here's what's shocking ... the extortionist who made the video says the point is 2-fold ... to expose Kevin and to get money.    

"The real reason Kevin Hart orchestrated the Texas Hurricane Relief Fund, this so-called good deed was done to get ahead as he knew this damaging footage was one click away from being exposed as the liar and cheater he is.  Kevin Hart was privy to me wanting to expose him as I have made countless attempts to expose this information to various blogs, in an attempt to also get paid."

Sources connected to Kevin tell TMZ, whatever happened on the video, Kevin's hurricane relief efforts had nothing to do with the extortion attempt.

During the video you hear Kevin in interviews talking about being young and unfaithful in his first marriage but now that he's 36 he's learned to handle things differently, especially since it's so easy to get caught.

As we reported, the FBI is on the case and have a suspect.  It's unclear if they're looking at the woman who was with Kevin in the video or whether it's someone who either secretly recorded the encounter or gained access to the iPhone that captured it.

Kevin Hart Multi-Million Dollar Extortion Demand FBI Has Suspect

9/17/2017 8:58 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Kevin Hart was the victim in an extortion attempt to the tune of millions of dollars, and we're told the FBI is on the case and has a suspect.

Law enforcement sources tell us ... an anonymous person contacted Kevin's camp and provided the video TMZ described Saturday ... showing Kevin and a woman in a sexually provocative situation.  The video then cuts to a bedroom where there appears to be sexual activity on a bed, although you don't see who is in the bed.

We're told the person demanded a multi-million dollar amount in return for keeping the video private.   There were actually several demands, and at one point the amount hit 8 figures.

Our sources say The FBI knows who the woman is who interacted with Kevin, and they either believe she is the one who made the money demand ... or someone who got hold of the iPhone that recorded the encounter made the demand.  Either way, FBI agents think they know the identity of the culprit.

Sources close to Kevin will not say if he's the one in the bedroom, although they do say the woman who is on the various videos has had sexual relations with another celebrity -- a TV star -- and they believe he might be the one in the bedroom videos.

Our Kevin sources also say the videos were recorded on an iPhone that was propped against an object in the room and such recording without consent is illegal.

Kevin Hart Swore Off Cheating Too Risky I'd Get Caught

9/17/2017 8:07 AM PDT

Kevin Hart opened up about cheating last year, and said he wouldn't do it ... not because it's wrong, but because the chances are he'd get caught.

It's pretty stunning in the wake of Kevin's claim he's being extorted over video showing him and a woman getting super cozy and another video which makes it appear a sexual encounter is about to go down.  Quick to point out ... in the prelude to sex video you don't see Kevin.

Hart told The Breakfast Club in January, 2016, social media combined with thots makes cheating a sexual form of Russian Roulette.  

As we reported, Kevin has contacted cops claiming someone has tried to extort him with the video.  He's not denying its him in some of the various clips.

Kevin apologized to his wife and kids Saturday, in a preemptive move. 

Kevin Hart I'm Being Extorted Over a Sexually Suggestive Video

9/16/2017 5:33 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

6:39 PM PT -- Sources who have seen the video tell TMZ there are several clips. The first appears to show a woman and Kevin in a club getting cozy. The tape then cuts to a bed, where you don't see the people in the bed ... but hear creaking and  what could be people having sex. You never see Kevin in the 2nd clip. The 3rd clip shows 2 people milling around a room, one of them looks vaguely like Kevin.

We're told the person allegedly extorting Kevin has demanded payment from him to avoid the tape's release. 

Kevin Hart is getting out in front of a messy situation by apologizing publicly to his wife and kids, and TMZ has learned it's all over a video that looks like he's cheating.

Kevin profusely apologized to his pregnant wife, Eniko Parrish, and his kids on Instagram Saturday ... saying he recently made some mistakes he deeply regrets. 

Sources tell TMZ a woman has allegedly demanded money from Kevin after shooting a video with him in which Kevin and the woman are engaged in "sexually suggestive" conduct. We are told it is NOT a sex tape, but looks like it is a prelude to sex. We're told that at a point in the tape when the action is the heaviest, you cannot actually see Kevin. 

A rep for Kevin tells us ... "Someone tried to set Kevin up in a failed extortion attempt. As law enforcement is involved, we cannot comment further as it could affect the investigation." 

Ted Cruz XXX Twitter Scandal Official Account 'Likes' Hardcore Porn

9/12/2017 6:14 AM PDT

Senator Ted Cruz is all about that hardcore threesome action -- at least, judging by his Twitter account which "liked" a very X-rated video late Monday night.

But here's the rub ... Cruz's spokesperson is strongly implying the Senator was hacked!!

The video in question was posted by the Twitter handle Sexuall Posts -- and featured a hot blonde lady diddling herself while secretly watching a man and a woman have sex. Good times.

Since "likes" are public -- someone noticed that Cruz's account had clicked the 'ol heart button for that particular post ... and it spread through social media like wildfire.

Particularly interesting considering Cruz is a hardcore religious conservative who once defended a Texas law which banned the sale of sex toys.

Cruz's Sr. Communications Adviser, Catherine Frazier, strongly insists the porn watcher ain't Cruz -- tweeting, "The offensive tweet posted on @Tedcruz account earlier has been removed by staff and reported to Twitter."

So, careful everyone ... seems there might be someone out there hacking social media accounts and "liking" things they're not supposed to.

Tyson Beckford I Stayed for Irma to Help Family, Friends ... Haters Can Shove It

9/12/2017 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Tyson Beckford hunkered down during Hurricane Irma solely to support, and potentially save, family and neighbors -- and he says anyone giving him crap for it should get their priorities straight.

Tyson tells TMZ ... ever since he posted a vid outside his Miami home -- in the middle of the storm -- haters have been blasting him for ignoring the evacuation order.

TB says a lot of those critics don't understand his family situation.

He made the rounds Monday in his jeep loaded with supplies, and says he's glad he stuck around for his community instead of jetting to NYC for Fashion Week events.

Usher Accuser I Have a Sex Tape with Him ... There's Surveillance Video, Too!

9/5/2017 3:55 PM PDT

The woman publicly accusing Usher of exposing her to herpes claims she got the whole shebang on tape, and there's footage placing him at her hotel, too.

Quantasia Sharpton told YouTube vlogger Miss Jacob Kohinoor ... she filmed the alleged sex act with Usher, and the real shocker -- she claims the singer knew he was being recorded. 

Quantasia also said her rep, celeb attorney Lisa Bloom, is attempting to subpoena hotel surveillance video which she claims shows Usher going to her hotel room in 2014.

As we reported ... an ex-hotel staffer claims she saw Usher walk into the Days Inn lobby in Atlantic City where she says Quantasia came down and took him up to her room a little after midnight. Usher's denied this, saying he couldn't have been there 'cause he was too busy falling in love with his now-wife ... plus, Quantasia isn't his type.

Joel Osteen 1st Sunday Service Since Backlash ... 'Let Me Clarify Some Things'

9/3/2017 2:02 PM PDT

Joel Osteen was back to preaching the word of God Sunday after belatedly opening his megachurch to victims of Harvey flooding ... but not before clearing his name (again).

Joel's Sunday service at Lakewood Church -- the first since massive flooding in Houston and backlash he received for how he handled it -- was packed with thousands of worshipers, with the pastor taking a moment to re-explain the delay in opening his doors to evacuees.

As we reported ... Joel claims his megachurch was always open to the public, despite videos and eyewitnesses saying otherwise. He blamed internal flooding for the delay, and said a security company might've been responsible for turning people away.

After addressing the controversy, Osteen went on to say Harvey was part of a divine plan, with things like ... "God knew that Houston could handle the hurricane," and "Quit being upset by something you can handle," He added, "God is in control of the universe and what he has spoken over your life will come to pass."

We'll let Joel speak for himself here. 

Corinne Olympios Reunited And It Feels So Fake!!!

8/31/2017 6:44 AM PDT

Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson hooked up again -- literally -- and DeMario said something during the encounter that registered in a big way on our BS detector.

The "Bachelor in Paradise" stars were leaving Nightingale Wednesday night in L.A. where Corinne and DeMario were ALL OVER each other. She hugged, climbed and kissed him.

Listen closely as DeMario says, "My PR is gonna hate this in the morning."

As you know ... Corinne claimed she had no recollection of a sexual encounter she had with DeMario during 'BiP' filming, and that triggered a sexual assault investigation. Warner Bros. concluded she was lucid the entire time.

Blake Griffin & Kendall Jenner Double Date With Chandler Parsons & Hailey Baldwin

8/31/2017 6:14 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

If they're NOT dating by now ... they should be. 

Blake Griffin and Kendall Jenner went out to a fancy romantic dinner AGAIN -- this time, they were joined by fellow NBA star Chandler Parsons and Hailey Baldwin.

Blake and Kendall left Craig's in L.A. together and got into a waiting car. Chandler followed shortly after. Hailey was definitely with the group ... but didn't want to be part of the mass exodus. 

Chandler and Hailey have been spotted together in the past (sunbathing together in June) but insist they're not exclusively dating. 

Blake and Kendall have been spending a lot of time together, too. But no official confirmation there either. 

Bottom line -- four attractive, rich, famous people hanging out. What do YOU think is happening? 

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